2022 marks 100 years of the Italian Federation of Women Graduates (FILDIS)

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This year the Italian Federation of Women Graduates (Federazione Italiana Laureate e Diplomate Instituti superiori), member of University Women of Europe (UWE) is celebrating 100 years.

FILDIS was established in Rome in 1922 under the presidency of the philosopher Isabella Grassi who firmly believed that personal commitment, including international ones within associations, “raised women culturally, socially and spiritually“; it is present on the national territory with 12 local FILDIS sections; the activity was suspended from 1935 to 1944 due to disagreements with the fascist government, it was reactivated in 1945 under the guidance of Prof. Libera Trevisani Levi Civita.

FILDIS was awarded a special medal by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano for its 90th anniversary; It is part of the Lazio Regional Women’s Council, the Network for Equality, the CNDI Regional Coordination, the Joint Action for Equal Democracy, collaborates with other women’s associations that also operate at national and international level and with the “Female Toponymy” group, included in the Permanent Workshop: THE HISTORICAL CITY FROM A GENDER POINT OF VIEW.

Starting from December 7, 2019, the legal seat is in Syracuse. To celebrate the centenary, the members have decided to remember the past years with events in which they will trace the path of FILDIS from 1922 to today. The first meeting has been held online this Saturday 5th February. Professor of History of Political Doctrine, Fiorenza Taricone, past National President, honorary member and the author of the book ‘A mosaic tile’ dedicated to the history of the Italian Federation reminded the past moments of FILDIS from 1922 to 1992, tracing its profile since the early years of its establishment.

Together with other members, she begun to write a second volume that talks about their commitment during the last 20 years, until today. “The Statute is an example of mature and participatory democracy. Our attention is also turned to women who come from other countries and to the needs of their children, their families, to the need for a fruitful school-family collaboration. This is why we are available to listen, to take care of situations at risk and we are committed to teaching foreign mothers the Italian language that we consider a vehicle of affection in our country which should put in place a real form of welcome”.

In the archives of International Federation of University Women (IFUW) in Amsterdam, FILDIS was present at the 1st AGM in London and signed the documents when UWE was founded in 1981. Congratulations on this milestone celebration!

3 thoughts on “2022 marks 100 years of the Italian Federation of Women Graduates (FILDIS)

    gerda Leushuis said:
    February 5, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Roxana, Did you learn that last january 8th Elsbeth von Navarini passed away 4 days after her 79th birthday. Elsbeth was during 6 years during the presidency of Willemijn van der Meer and of Griselda Kenyon a very professional and a reliable treasurer of UWE. She not only took the responsability for UWE’s finances but with her creative mind she played a strong role in the UWE Board. I remember her with sympathy and in gratefulness.May she rest in Peace.

    I hope UWE Will publish an In Memoriam on her site. You Will find a picture of Elsbeth in the last GWI- update.

    Gerda Leushuis

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    rosemariekillius said:
    February 7, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Dear Roxana, Do you already know when and where the UWE meeting in Cyprus exactly will take place? All the best for you! Best regards Rosemarie

    Dr. Rosemarie Killius Ginnheimer Mühlgasse 8c 60431 Frankfurt am Main

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      Roxana Elena Petrescu responded:
      February 7, 2022 at 8:51 am

      Dear Rose Marie, UWE Board together with our Turkish Cyprus are working on that. It will be organized in September 2022. Save the Date for this event will circulate soon. Warm wishes!

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